Tales of the Dervishes: Teaching Stories of the Sufi Masters over the Past Thousand Years (Compass)

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ISBN: 9780140193589
Publisher: Arkana
Publication Date: 1993-10-01
Number of pages: 224
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Dervish tales are more than fable, legend, or folklore. For centuries dervish masters have instructed their disciples by means of these teaching stories, which are said to increase perception and knowledge and provide a better understanding of man and the world. In wit, construction, and piquancy, they compare with the finest tales of any culture. Idries Shah spent many years traveling through three continents to collect and compare oral versions of these remarkable stories. This anthology, presented in the dervish manner, contains stories drawn from the repertories of dervish masters over a period of more than a thousand years.

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